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This Podcast Starring Family Guy's Brian And Stewie Is A Strange, Surreal Listen

Giggity giggity goo indeed.

With everything being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who are in self-isolation have been a little starved for new content. In an attempt to lift people’s spirits, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane decided to record a podcast episode featuring the voices of Brian and Stewie, and the result is… funny but a little weird to be honest.

Speaking of weird podcasts, GOAT has one called ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ and we talk all about strange things, like some bloke named Dick Pound:

As a treat to fans stuck in coronavirus quarantine, Seth MacFarlane surprised everyone by sharing a four-ish minute podcast episode starring two of his most popular Family Guy voices. Now it makes sense on paper to get Brian and Stewie to do a podcast together given how they’re the best duo on Family Guy and listening to them banter remains one of the few things that’s still watchable on the show.

In practice, it feels a bit different compared to the show – though no necessarily in a bad way.

The actual content of the podcast is pretty funny as Brian and Stewie’s banter, their riffs on the coronavirus pandemic, and their dig at Gal Gadot’s tone-deaf ‘Imagine’ cover are all quality. But when other Family Guy characters like Peter and Quagmire start appearing on, it starts to get a little weird (though still funny).

Since Seth MacFarlane provides the voice for all these Family Guy characters, that means he literally sat in a recording booth and talked to himself in different voices for ages. It’s one thing to see these characters interacting on TV, but listening to Seth talking to himself them on a podcast is a bit surreal and a strange thought to process.

But hey, I’m definitely overthinking this as Seth’s goofy podcast episode is a fun way to keep people’s spirits up during these tough times while doubling as a PSA for the coronvirus COVID-19. Plus it’s all just entertainment at the end of the day and we could definitely use some right now.

Here’s hoping Seth MacFarlane records more Brian and Stewie podcasts and not ruin his voice too much. I’ll get over the whole “Seth talking to himself in weird voices for hours on end” after another episode or two.

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Patty Jenkins Bailed On 'Thor 2' As She Didn't Want The Blame For It Being Rubbish

'Wonder Woman' proved that she did the right thing.

Thor: The Dark World is by far the worst entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who’ll argue that fact. The less said about it the better, but for Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, who was originally tapped to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel, she looks at the film as something of a dodged bullet.

Speaking of rubbish, the GOAT team talk about some of the stuff Scotty From Marketing has been saying on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting to Vanity Fair about her career, Patty Jenkins said that bailing on Marvel and Thor: The Dark World had been something of a blessing in disguise as she ended up directing the critically-acclaimed Wonder Woman and broke new ground for female directors in doing so.

As for why Patty left Thor: The Dark World, the official reason given at the time was the usual “creative differences” schtick Marvel likes to trot out. But according to Patty herself, it was because she not only thought the script was so rubbish that there simply was no way she could salvage a good movie out of it, she would’ve had to take all the criticism of the film being awful (which it was).

“I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. I think it would have been a huge deal—it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.’ That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, ‘Do this with [another director] and it’s not going to be a big deal.

But more than just not being able to make the Thor: The Dark World script into a passable movie and the thought of being blamed for the film being crap, Patty Jenkins reflected how leaving Marvel instead of just sticking with it was ultimately the best decision she could’ve made as she never would’ve been given the keys to another big-budget blockbuster had The Dark World flopped.

And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do.’ You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.”

Look, that’s fair enough. If we go by how Hollywood historically has treated female directors, Patty Jenkins wouldn’t have been let anywhere near Wonder Woman (or any blockbuster) had she made a version of Thor: The Dark World that was similar to the one we got and we would’ve been robbed of a great female-led comic book movie, as well as taken a step back in the fight for more equality for female directors.

This in a nutshell.

The decision to bail on Thor: The Dark World ultimately proved to be the right one for Patty Jenkins but she harbours no ill will towards Marvel, saying that she is grateful they gave her a “chance in the first place” and concedes that Taika Waititi is “Thor‘s rightful director.”

Unlike most Hollywood behind-the-scenes stories, this one turned out to be a win-win for everyone. Marvel eventually got the best director for their Thor movies, Patty Jenkins got to make the comic book movie she wanted, there’s still Wonder Woman 1984 still to come, and we got a bunch of great movies out of it.

Except Thor: The Dark World. That movie still sucked.

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Today I Learned: 'How To Train Your Dragon' Was Used To Help Rehab High-Risk Criminals

Turns out there may be a number of ways to train dragons. And by dragons we mean criminals.

We all know How To Train Your Dragon as that charming animated kids movie where an awkward teenager stumbles across a deadly dragon and the pair soon become best buds while also becoming better people. Well, better person and dragon. But what you may not know is that How To Train Your Dragon was somehow used in real life to help better people without dragons, specifically, uh, helping to rehab high-risk criminals.

Speaking of wild flexes, the GOAT team talk about the Weeknd and the turn his career has taken on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Okay, bear with me here as there’s a point to the madness and how Hiccup and Toothless fit into all this. So Devon Polaschek is a New Zealand professor of psychology and crime science who studies high-risk violent criminals in prisons.

She’s written several published journal papers on the topic, but the most interesting – and unexpected – one is titled *checks notes* How To Train Your Dragon: an introduction to the special issue on treatment programmes for high-risk offenders.

Seriously, it’s an actual thing.

As for what Devon’s paper is about, it’s not a thing arguing how high-risk criminals should be subjected to repeat viewings of the first How To Train Your Dragon movie like in A Clockwork Orange.

Rather, Devon postulates that the plot of How To Train Your Dragon closely parallels “several features” in the “efforts of programme designers and treatment providers who work with the highest risk offenders.”

It’s pretty in-depth and you can read it here, but the TL:DR version of this How To Train Your Dragon paper can be roughly summarised as this:

  • Hiccup lives in a world where dragons are assumed to be dangerous and are detested by the wider human community, only for this perception to be shattered by the end of How To Train Your Dragon when Hiccup shows how dragons aren’t actually malevolent killing machines and how it is possible to live alongside them peacefully.
  • This narrative and thematic throughline of How To Train Your Dragon mirrors the real-life work in trying to re-integrate high-risk criminals into a society that’s shunned them.
  • Despite difficulties, the movie should be some sort of inspiration and optimism on how we should continue to tackle the issue of having offenders go through rehab.

Of all the lessons we could’ve gleaned from a movie like How To Train Your Dragon, helping to put high-risk criminals through rehab so that they may be safely reintegrated into society certainly isn’t one of them. Talk about a strong argument against those who think fantasy kid’s films aren’t rich in thematic value and have absolutely no real-world applications.

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